In four short years, Lausanne went from starting a football program from scratch to winning a state title.
The Lynx started their football program in 2013 as they hired Hall of Fame coach Ken Netherland to jump start the program since he started the St. George’s program as well.
They were able to hire Kevin Locastro after he resigned at Christian Brothers and when Netherland passed away in 2014, Locastro took over the program.
The program came full circle last month as they defeated Knoxville Webb 12-9 for the Division II-A State title.
So to start the new year, tnhighschoolfootball.com lead writer Donovan Stewart is looking back on the season in Division II-A with a statewide all state team for both classifications.
Tnhighschoolfootball.com will roll out an all state team for each classification (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, as well as both Division II classifications). Today, Division II-A all state team with players selected as 21 spots selected on offense (4 QB, 4 RB, 4 WR, 5 OL, 4 ATH) and 16 spots on defense (4 DL, 4 LB, 4 DB, 4 ATH) as well as one kicker and one punter as well.
Also selected was an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and as well as a Coach of the Year. The selection process was based on discussions with Division II-A coaches across the state as well as seeing players live and on film.
So here’s the full offensive and defensive all state list.
QB- Jacob Buie, USJ, Jr.
QB- Ben Glass, St. George’s, Sr.
QB- Jack Grissom, FACS, Jr.
QB- Stone Norton, Davidson Academy, Soph.
RB- Eric Gray, Lausanne, Soph.
RB- Chase Hayden, St. George’s, Sr.
RB- Marquavious Moore, Harding Academy, Sr.
RB- Jayden Walker, DCA, Sr.
WR- Corey Jones, St. George’s, Sr.
WR- Ryan Miller, USJ, Sr.
WR- Ingram Page, Ezell Harding, Jr.
WR- Dawson Williams, ECS, Soph.
OL- Jarious Douglas, Lausanne, Sr.
OL- Obinna Eze, Davidson Academy, Sr.
OL- Jake Julian, Knoxville Webb, Jr.
OL- Will Lawrence, Harding Academy, Jr.
OL- Trey Smith, USJ, Sr.
ATH- Calvin Austin III, Harding Academy, Sr.
ATH- Tre Curtis, FACS, Sr.
ATH- Mario Nolan Dillard, Lausanne, Sr.
ATH- Phillip Sellers, The Kings Academy, Sr.
DL- Mason Harwell, Harding Academy, Sr.
DL- Corteze Love, Lausanne, Jr.
DL- Jack Nadaud, Knoxville Webb, Sr.
DL- Rhett Peel, USJ, Sr.
LB- James Babb, Lausanne, Sr.
LB- Morgan Ernst, Knoxville Webb, Jr.
LB- Cole Lusby, The King’s Academy, Jr.
LB- Noah Pope, St. George’s, Sr.
DB- Kell Hawkins, BGA, Jr.
DB- Elijah Howard, Knoxville Webb, 8th grade
DB- Jahlil Jefferson, Knoxville Webb, Soph.
DB- Cameron Kinley, Lausanne, Sr.
ATH- Taylor Carman, Friendship Christian, Jr.
ATH- Da’Joun Hewitt, Davidson Academy, Soph.
ATH- Tavarius Moore, Rossville Christian, Sr.
ATH- Carson Penn, FACS, Sr.
K- Charles Campbell, USJ, Sr.
P- Jake Holloway, BGA, Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year- Eric Gray, Lausanne- The sophomore exploded onto the scene this season rushing for 2,215 yards and scoring 38 touchdowns to help lead the Lynx to a state title. Gray rushed for 175 yards and scored both Lynx touchdowns in the state title game.
Defensive Player of the Year- Morgan Ernst, Knoxville Webb- The junior linebacker made plays all season as he had 150 tackles including 12 in state title game loss to Lausanne.
Coach of the Year- Kevin Locastro, Lausanne- The third year Lynx head coach led the only undefeated team in all of Division II as Lausanne won the school’s first football state title.
Congrats to all of the young men selected above. However, I'd like to send a special kudos out to the young men selected above who represent a school from the Memphis area. You've all done well and deserve the recognition. You've represented your school and your city well.
Way to Go!
Edited by kwc, 10 January 2017 - 12:45 PM.